As I mentioned in my last post, I am a fan of themes; whether it be a theme based around a feeling, a color, a set of colors, a person, an object, key item or a time period. This way I have a starting ground to create the rest of the outfit with.
As a lovely “Just Because” gift, Andrew had actually purchased me a pair of shoes that I was seriously ogling. They are the pink and creme colored “Lady Creme” saddle shoes from Bass, by Rachel Antonoff.
(Please check out the site: https://bassshoes.harborghb.com/bass-loves-rachel-antonoff and watch the whole story, you will like it, I promise! It has an adorable kitten in it!)
With these shoes, I had my key item in hand. I would base my graduation look off of these adorable, to-die-for shoes.
Now my signature color is yellow, and I had wanted to do an outfit based off that color, but the shoes changed everything. I hate to be too matchy, but I felt strongly like I should get a dress in a pink shade to really compliment the shoes, and not take away from them. Also, since I would have my dress covered up during the ceremony, the shoes needed to steal the show for longer, since they would be the only thing anyone would be able to see.
So, my search started for the perfect dress. Being such a loyal shopper, I always start looking for dresses on ModCloth.com, but they really didn’t have anything that really wow’d me, or even that had that vintage of a feel at the moment. This sent me searching on a site that ModCloth has been known to carry stock from pretty consistently: PinUp Couture. (http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com)
PinUp Couture specializes in carrying dresses, bathing suits, separates that really live in the 1940-1960s look, as implied by their “pinup” namesake. So I knew by taking a peek there, that something should fit my desire for something feminine and vintage looking.
And I was right. I stumbled upon their Sweetie Pie Dress in Pink and White Gingham, and I knew I was all set. (http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com/dixiefried-sweetiepie-dress-pink-gingham.html) The feel of the dress would go lovely with the Spring weather, and the small gingham pattern would match my shoes without overshadowing them.
One thing I should mention though, is that if you are considering buying from them, they do not have a sizing chart that gives you an idea what size would be best. Because of this I used their live chat to talk with someone who worked there to get some advice. I gave her my measurements and asked for her opinion. She suggested an XS to me, which I knew, with my hip size, would not work, especially since this dress had no stretch to it, so I thanked her for her and time, and I ordered up to a Small. When it came in the mail, I was very disappointed to try it on, and not be able to sit down. The fabric was also stressing in certain areas by my thighs, so it had to go back. I ended up with a Medium being delivered to me on the Thursday of graduation weekend, so it ended up being fine, but it was certainly a closer call than I would have liked.
For my accessories, I would have gone with my pearl necklace, but my mom had sent me a silver star shaped necklace as an “I’m sorry gift”, for not being able to come out and see me, so I wore that to have her with me.
My only other accessory was my personalized class ring that Andrew designed, with some ideas I had mentioned to him once before, and got for me as a graduation gift.
So again, here is my look:
- Dress: Pinup Couture
- Shoes: Bass
- Class Ring: deSignet Iternational
- Necklace: Hallmark
And for my pick of the day:
From Bass, the Aurora Shoes in White/Red from the Rachel Antonoff collection! Not only are these shoes adorable in a popular boat-shoe style, they are flats, and if they’re anything like the saddle shoes I have, they have a sort of squishy, soft padding in them that make the sensible, comfortable, and cute!